Since Christina was very young, she has been fascinated with the concept of the Soul… the idea that the physical body represents only a small part of our beingness. She's always interested in trying to express the that we are more than just our bodies, and her ongoing spiritual interests and pursuits have run parallel to the narrative in her pieces.
She was born in New York City, and spent her youth in towns and cities until finally recognizing she needed to be immersed in nature. Presently Christina lives in rural Pennsylvania with her three young children and husband, eight pets, plus a snake named Lucy. Nature is the main source of inspiration for her work, and helps her to maintain an awareness of the interconnectedness that exists among all of life.
In her work she's drawn to the processes of birth, death, and renewal. What lies below the surface fascinates her and she tries to capture the qualities of the “unseen” that express the sense of wonder that she feel in her daily existence. Christina is attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light.
Her subject matter includes babies, animals, and children as they embody the essence of vulnerability that is the underlying theme in her work. Currently she's exploring metamorphosis as a topic, and has been incorporating figures within figures in her pieces. Within each glass figure there is a smaller figure seen through the surface of the glass.
Christina Bothwell studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, before teaching herself how to work with ceramics, and then cast glass.
She has had eleven solo exhibitions of her work since 2006, most recently at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, in Indiana. Her work is represented in the United States, by Austin Art Projects, in Palm Desert, California, Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan, and Heller Gallery in New York City. Her work is also represented by Gallery Sklo, in South Korea, Galerie B, in Sinzheim, Germany, and Anima Mundi Gallery, in Cornwall, UK.
Her sculptures are in the public collections of the Cincinnati Museum of Art, Ohio, the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Museum of Contemporary Glass, Denmark, SMOG (Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Glass Art), China, the Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation, Germany, the Fuller Craft Museum, Massachusetts, the Smithsonian Museum of Art’s Archives of American Art, Oral History Collection, the Racine Museum, Wisconsin, the Corning Glass Museum, New York, and the Lowe Art Museum, Florida.
All materials are taken from the official site of the artist